01 Sep Ordering Cabinets Online: Doing It Right
New cabinets are a great investment to make in your kitchen, but they can be downright expensive. Ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets can be a great option for making those renovations on a budget while at the same time not sacrificing quality. And one major convenience is that you can order these cabinets right from your computer. But how do you know you’re getting exactly what you want when you order cabinets online? Here are some tips for ordering your cabinets online—the right way.
Know what you’re looking for.
Of course, you’ll want to get an idea of the type of cabinets you’re envisioning in your new kitchen. How do you want to coordinate your cabinets with your existing decor? What existing color palettes are you working with? Are your cabinets going to be the basis for your new kitchen design, therefore setting the tone for the kitchen as a whole? And what about specific needs like spice racks and rollout trays? These are the questions you want to be asking yourself before you head online to shop for cabinets.
Order free samples.
Cabinets are an important investment you make in your kitchen, so it only makes sense that you get as much as feel as you can for how they will eventually look in your kitchen. A great RTA cabinets company will offer free samples, giving you the chance to see what their woods and finishes look like up close. Order a free sample—or two or three—and compare how your sample(s) look in your kitchen throughout the day as lighting changes.
A great RTA cabinet company will also give you guidelines as to how you should measure your kitchen space to determine what your cabinet needs are. When measuring for your new cabinets, you’ll need to identify window and appliance locations, measuring the dimensions of those things as well. It’s also helpful to draw a diagram and then to label it with your exact measurements. This measuring guide can help you ensure that you are getting exact measurements and matching them up to the right cabinet needs.
Work with customer service.
A cabinet company’s customer service department is there to help you fill your cabinetry needs. Work with them over phone and email, sending them measurements, sketches, your envisioned design, or list of cabinets you’re looking at. The information you give will help to determine your exact needs and get a price quote for your cabinetry project. Working with customer service throughout the cabinet selection process will also help you to get a gauge for how returning your cabinets might flow later if you end up needing to do so.